Android microphone hack means you’ll never miss a doorbell or smoke alarm again

Whether you were on a call or listening to music, there's nothing more frustrating than missing a delivery because you were on your phone.

As good as it is to listen to music as you go about your day, it undoubtedly blocks out a good amount of the external world.

This might be inconvenient, in the case of your doorbell ringing, or it could even be dangerous, such as if you fail to hear the smoke alarm.

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Fortunately there's a great Android feature called Sound Notifications which ensures you'll never miss a beat.

Sound Notifications will use your phone's microphone to keep an ear out for important sounds and send you a notification if these are detected.

To install the tool, download it from the Google Play store. (If you've got a Pixel phone, you can skip this step.

Then, open your phone Settings and head to Accessibility > Sound notifications then tap 'Open Sound Notifications'.

Just hit 'OK' to accept the permissions then tap 'Settings' to make sure Sound Notifications are active.

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This is where you'll be able to detect important external sounds, including smoke and fire alarms, sirens, baby cries, doorbells, running water, and more.

You can choose to get notified either through your phone vibrating, a flashing light, or even send a notification to your smart watch.

Just open the Settings page for Sound Notifications again then hit 'Notification preferences' to choose your alert.


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